NEW DELHI: More trouble seems to be brewing for Prakash Jarwal, the AAP MLA from Deoli, as probe suggests that he allegedly took around Rs 60 lakh in a month from water tanker owners.
About 20 water tanker owners have come forward claiming that Jarwal had asked them for money. Four of them recorded their statements before a magistrate stating they paid him Rs 20,000 to clear their file and Rs 500 for each round of supply. As there were 60 tankers operating, the amount comes to Rs 60 lakh per month.
It was also found that Dr Rajender Singh, who committed suicide at his house in Deoli, had paid Rs 10 lakh to Jarwal’s aide, Kapil. He had a falling out with Jarwal on his refusal to make further payments. The doctor’s family members have submitted the payment details before the magistrate.
The owners claimed that if payments were not made on time, their tankers were de-listed from supplying water. They weren’t allowed to fill water from the DJB office either.
Singh’s son, Hemant, told police that the MLA and his men were after his father for the past five years. He had paid Rs 50 lakh to keep his tanker enlisted with DJB, but more money was demanded from him. Two days before his death, Singh had paid Rs 60,000 to Jarwal. He was assured that none of his tankers would be de-listed, but Jarwal allegedly got them removed.
When Singh and Hemant went to the DJB office in GK-II, they were told that Jarwal had got their payments stopped. Singh’s wife, Brahmwati, added that they took a loan against her jewellery to pay Rs one lakh after the elections to re-enlist the tanker, which was bought for Rs 10 lakh. They didn’t have money to pay the driver and cleaner.
DJB officials whom Singh was in touch with will be questioned to find out whether they knew about the alleged racket.